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Rep. Brown Blames House for Shutdown: ‘Don’t Confuse Nobody With The Facts’
October 14, 2013 - 2:22 PM
By Eric Scheiner
(CNSNews.com) - “Let’s don’t confuse nobody with the facts,” Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) said during a congressional committee hearing where she made it clear that she blames the House for the government shutdown.
Rep. Brown made the comments during an Oct. 9 House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs hearing on the impact the shutdown is having on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“Let me be clear, I keep hearing the Senate, the Senate, I put the responsibility straight here with the House. We could pass a clean CR and you would not be sitting here,” Brown told Veterans Affairs Secretary Gen. Eric Shinseki.
“I don’t blame the Senate,” Brown continued, “I thank God for the Senate. The bad politics of this House - and at some point let’s don’t confuse nobody with the facts," she added.
“Now we're talking about November 1. I want to talk about October 17. If we do not pass the full faith and credit-- if we default -- what will happen to all the mothers and the spouses and the Tri-Care and the checks that go out period for the VA. Period, tell us what’s going to happen when these people in the House let us default on our credit?”
“The government is not effective and the House is responsible. They could pass a clean CR,” Brown added. “For the first time ever in the history I have voted against a VA bill because it was 6 billion dollars less than what we pass out of here, so now please respond.”
Shinseki replied, ”I would just repeat what the president has pointed out. What he looks to the Congress to do, is two things. One, provide a budget so we can operate as a government. And two, pay the bills that have already been incurred.”